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- by Tanita Tikaram ~ Ancient Heart ~ $13.25
- Released: December 1, 1996
- Label: Atlantic UK
NME (Magazine) - 2/11/95, p.417 - Very Good - "...jarring strangeness....There isn't a single conventional arrangement in sight....Tanita [comes] out of it looking like someone who's worthy of sharing lunch with Tori, Bjork or Kate Bush..."
- 1.I Might Be Crying
- 3.Feeding The Witches
- 4.Happy Taxi
- 5.My Love Tonight
- 6.Lovers In The City
- 7.Yodeling Song
- 8.Wonderful Shadow
- 9.Women Who Cheat On The World
- 10.Leaving The Party
Personnel includes: Tanita Tikaram (vocals, guitar); Jennifer Warnes, Don Edwards (vocals); David Lindley, Mark Creswell, Adam Kirk (guitar); Rick Cox (guitar, drum programming, sound effects); Michael Landau (electric guitar); John Beaslee (electric guitar, piano); Sid Page (violin); Gavin Wright (viola); Tony Pleeth, Paul Kegg, Suzie Katayama (cello); The Valentini Strings (strings); Thomas Newman (harmonica, piano, drum programming); Michael Fisher (ocarina, batas, percussion, sound effects); Chris "Snake" Davies, Phil Todd (saxophone); Noel Langley (trumpet); Neil Sidwell (trombone); Jimmy Johnson (bass); Steve Williams (bass, percussion, drum programming); Jim Keltner (drums); The London Session Orchestra.
Producers: Tanita Tikaram (tracks 1, 3, 5, 8, 10); Thomas Newman (tracks 2, 4, 6-7, 9).
Engineers: Paul Dieter (tracks 2, 4, 6-7, 9); John Hudson (track 5).
Recorded at Mayfair Studios, London, England and Groove Masters Studios, Los Angeles, California in 1993 and 1994.
All songs written by Tanita Tikaram.
Personnel: Tanita Tikaram (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Jennifer Warnes (vocals, chant, background vocals); Don Edwards (vocals); Thomas Newman (guitar, harmonica, piano, programming, drum programming); Rick Cox (guitar, programming, drum programming); Rich Cox (guitar, drum programming); David Lindley, Adam Kirk, Mark Creswell, David Lindsey (guitar); Michael Landau (electric guitar); Sid Page (violin); Gavyn Wright (viola); Tony Pleeth, Suzie Kattayama, Suzie Katayama, Larry Corbett, Paul Kegg, Helen Liebmann, Martin Loveday (cello); The London Session Orchestra (strings); Michael Fisher (ocarina, bata, percussion, sound effects); Chris Davis , Philip Todd (saxophone); Noel Langley (trumpet); J. Neil Sidwell (trombone); John Beasley (piano); Jim Keltner (drums); Steve "Syco Steve" Williams (percussion, programming, percussion programming); Steve Williams (percussion, programming).
Audio Mixers: Steve Price ; Robert Salcedo; John Hudson; Paul Dieter.
Recording information: Angel Studios, Islington, London, England (1993-1994); Groove Masters Studios, Los Angeles, CA (1993-1994); Mayfair Studios, London, England (1993-1994).
Unknown Contributor Roles: George Budd; Michael Fisher.
Arrangers: Jennifer Warnes; Thomas Newman; Gavyn Wright.
Easily Tikaram's most polished album to date. As usual, several of the songs sound like rough drafts, but for the first time since the raw poetry of her debut, Ancient Heart, Tikaram has come up with enough knockout numbers to justify the record's release. "I Might Be Crying" features an inventive arrangement in which a full string and brass orchestra merely underscores a sweeping landscape of vocal harmonies. "Yodelling Song" is a fresh, manic jam with acoustic guitars, fiddles, bongos and yodellers. Tikaram's eccentric folk-pop has always been creatively produced, but for this record the husky-voiced songwriter has penned some melodies well worth the studio time. ~ Darryl Cater
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